For next school year, the current principals of Brooklet Elementary, Sallie Zetterower Elementary and William James Middle School have each been assigned to lead a different one of those three schools, Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson announced Friday.
Effective July 1, Marlin Baker will become principal at Sallie Zetterower, Mike Yawn will move to Brooklet Elementary and Julie Mizell will lead WJMS. Currently, Baker is principal at Brooklet Elementary, Mizell at Sallie Z. and Yawn at Williams James.
Wilson and the Bulloch County Board of Education are finalizing principal assignments in preparation for the annual renewal of administrator contracts in May. Unlike the hiring of a new principal or a promotion, which require board approval, the superintendent by executive action can reassign current principals from one school to another. Wilson has done so before.
“Each of our schools is unique and has individual improvement needs based on the children it serves,” he said in Friday’s news release. “I want to best match the strengths of our leaders to the needs of our students.”
Wilson informed the board of the transfers before making the announcement, said school system Public Relations Specialist Hayley Greene.
Baker, Mizell and Yawn each have 22 years of experience as educators.
Baker has been with the school district for 11 years, nine of those as principal of Brooklet Elementary.
Mizell has served in the Bulloch County Schools for 21 years. Her administrative roles have included serving as an assistant principal at Statesboro High, and for the last four years, she has been the principal at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. Yawn also has 21 years of service with Bulloch County Schools. He has led the WJMS faculty and staff for the past nine years.
Other recent principal announcements include the promotion of Stilson Elementary’s assistant principal, Stephen Hoyle, to lead Southeast Bulloch High School and the approval of interim principals Dr. Laurie Mascolo and Jennifer Wade as principals of Portal Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary, respectively.
Those actions required votes of the Board of Education, which approved.